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Tilting at Windmills

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September 27, 2005
By: Kevin Drum

HAPPY 100th ANNIVERSARY....Here's the way Einstein originally wrote it in English translation, of course. The full text of his (short) article "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend on Its Energy Content?" published on September 27, 1905, is here.

In case you're wondering how this becomes the famous e = mc, K (on the left side of the equation) is kinetic energy (mv/2) and L (on the right side) is energy of radiation. So it becomes:

A little bit of arithmetic, and it assumes its more famous form. And that's all it takes to become the most famous physicist of the 20th century.

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